Some may continue to debate whether she has changed or not, but that hasn’t slowed down Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl.” Skipping ahead four spaces to No. 9, the four-week-old song marks her highest position on Billboard’s country singles chart in four years. (“If My Heart Had Wings” soared to No. 3 in 2001. Her subsequent singles, “There You’ll Be” and “Cry,” did not make the country Top 10.) Her album Fireflies is expected in late summer.
With all but one song increasing in radio spins this week, “Mississippi Girl” has plenty of competition in the Top 10. Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us” retains the No. 1 spot for the fourth week. Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars and Freedom” and Dierks Bentley’s “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do” hold steady at second and third place, respectively. George Strait’s “You’ll Be There” rises to No. 4, and Sugarland’s “Something More” climbs to 5.
Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney pumps his “Keg in the Closet” to No. 6, and Toby Keith’s “Good As I Once Was” jumps five positions to No. 7. At No. 8, Trace Adkins’ “Songs About Me” is on the way out. Darryl Worley’s “If Something Should Happen” ascends to No. 10.
Lonestar’s “You’re Like Comin’ Home” debuts on the singles chart at No. 51. Billy Dean enters at No. 52 with “This Is the Life.”
Not much has changed on the albums chart this week. Keith’s Honkytonk University hangs on to the top spot, just ahead of Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today, Urban’s Be Here and Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life. Cowboy Troy’s Loco Motive, which has already sold more than 100,000 copies, remains at No. 5.
Bentley’s Modern Day Drifter lands at No. 6, followed by Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party at No. 7, Larry the Cable Guy’s The Right to Bare Arms at No. 8, Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color at No. 9 and Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down at No. 10.
No new albums debuted on the country chart this week. However, Blue Moon Rising debuts at No. 14 on the bluegrass chart with On the Rise.